It’s now time to really get on my reviewer gloves and start some serious nit-picking. To start with, the cable management compartment of this case does not help a lot for managing cables as there are no holes to route to the location better so all the excess cables must be brought across the bottom. This does not disrupt airflow but generally makes the case look messier.
The width of this case is more than wide enough to support even the largest heatsinks that are 160mm tall. The side-panel fan does not interfere with large tower coolers either.
If you use a GPU longer than 9″ with this case, you’ll lose access to one of your 3.5″ bays because of how close they are spaced together.
Overall this build only took me 30 minutes, which is pretty average no matter what case I work with. The finished product just does not look that good, though. For a case with a window, Antec should have thought about cable routing more closely.
Here is another issue with the case; while there is plenty of space behind the mobo tray to route cables, Antec does not offer any holes to do so. The Backplate hole also is too short on the top side to support my motherboard. This means the cooler had to be installed with the motherboard outside the case. Generally this makes installing the board that much more annoying.
Here is a nice close up of the cable compartment. To be frank, it’s spacious there. If you had a non modular power supply, you would have plenty of room to store the excess cables. To be honest though, it doesn’t make up for the lack of cable routing holes with this case. At its price point, I would have liked to have seen a better design overall.
Here’s the side fan installed. Something I do like that they included is two of the mounts for this side panel fan are a silicon rubber which reduces vibrations. It’s also vented well for better airflow. I wish Antec would have included a filter for this fan spot, though, as it’ll easily let in dust.
The fan is well positioned and does not interfere with a tower cooler; it also blows cool air directly onto the GPU location to keep your GPU’s and other PCI/PCIe cards cool.
On the next page we’re going to do some fan testing to see what this case sounds like with its included fans.